The Goleta Education Foundation believes that every child should have the chance to excel in school and build character. To that end, GEF pursues resources with equity of opportunity in mind, taking into account the unique needs of the Goleta Valley education community. We promote ancillary programs that enhance the opportunity for enrichment experiences that contribute to academic and personal success.
GEF believes that GUSD’s educators are experts in their fields. We encourage and support the ongoing learning that happens through professional development, and recognize that our differences bring strength to GUSD.
GEF and its donors seek to fund meaningful professional development to enrich the education of GUSD students. We are looking for thoughtful proposals that include tangible ways to share new learning with GUSD colleagues and to incorporate new learnings into teaching practices.
We want to reach a wide range of educators: any employee who has the potential to enhance the education of our students can apply for this grant, e.g. teachers, specialists, principals, etc. We encourage you to apply as a team or group of educators.
Please include a detailed explanation of the costs of your proposal. If your professional development plan requires a substitute, please include that cost in your proposal, as well. If you are traveling to a conference as a group (two or more), there might be opportunities to save on cost. Please explicitly state applicable cost savings in your proposal. Car travel is calculated at $0.58 per mile.
NB: Because of the District’s continued emphasis on PLCs, GEF is seeking to provide professional development opportunities outside of this specific initiative.
Grant applications open: August 14, 2019
Grant applications due: October 1, 2019
Notification to applicants: October 19, 2019
GEF will reimburse you for the costs that are approved in your Professional Development grant. Please make sure to keep your receipts and submit them with the reimbursement form by June 1, 2020. If your Professional Development takes place after June 1, 2020, please make sure any expenses that are covered under the grant are paid for before June 1, 2020.
Each recipient of a Professional Development Scholarship is required to write a reflective statement about the use of the funds. If a team receives a grant, each member of the team should write his/her own reflection. Reflections should be a minimum of 500 words.
The reflective statement should include a description of the Professional Development and how you grew, changed, or learned something. Include how you have incorporated your learning into your daily instruction and how you have shared your learning with others. Please submit your reflection anytime before June 1, 2020. If your PD occurs after June 1, please submit your reflection before October 1, 2020.
Application Link (Applications open August 14, 2019, and are due by October 1, 2019).